Mayor de Blasio is headed back to Iowa.
Hizzoner — who has not ruled out a run for president in 2020 — will visit the home of the first presidential caucus this weekend, two sources confirmed to the Daily News.
That comes after he had to scuttle a trip to New Hampshire, home to the first presidential primary, that had been scheduled for last weekend. The trip was called off due to the tragic death of a Detective Brian Simonsen in a friendly fire incident.
The mayor will speak to the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines on Sunday, according to the Des Moines Register.
He was last in Iowa in December of 2017 — when he spoke at the holiday dinner of political group Progress Iowa. Prior to that, he visited the state to stump for Hillary Clinton, but was relegated to knocking on doors and never crossed paths with the candidate.
But this time around, he’s exploring his own run for president. That hasn’t been well-received at home — in debate Wednesday night, seven Democratic candidates for public advocate ripped apart his consideration of a bid.
“I respect my colleagues, but again, I will be considering what’s the right decision using my own judgement,” de Blasio said at an unrelated press conference about parking placards Thursday.
One of the candidates for public advocate, Assemblyman Ron Kim, went so far as to call de Blasio “delusional” for considering a run.
The mayor noted he had a “lovely conversation” with Kim at the Lunar New Year Parade last weekend.
“He should have said that at the parade. If you’re marching next to someone, it’s a great chance to tell them they’re delusional,” de Blasio cracked. “He hugged me, lovely conversation.”
Asked by The News whether anyone ever does urge him to run for president, de Blasio at first bristled: “I’m not going to try and fall into the trap of the question.”
He said when he had more to say on the topic, he would — but said plenty of New Yorkers have urged him on.
“I get a lot of encouragement from people. I know it may be hard to believe, after we’ve talked about placard abuse and the anger and frustration that New Yorkers feel on that issue broadly. But every day I have New Yorkers come up and talk about different things the administration is doing that they like, and plenty of people who urge me on for the future,” he said.
Just moments later, on the street outside the press conference, de Blasio mugged for the camera of a WNYC reporter — and showed off a passerby who had apparently urged him to run.
She asked for a picture, de Blasio told the reporter.
“And then she said, tell everyone,” the mayor prompted the woman, pointing into the camera.
“Bill de Blasio [will] be our president in the future,” the woman said.